2 NAM MEDIATORS RANKED TOP 3 IN THE NATION
New York, NY (March 1, 2019) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that it has been ranked a top alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the United States by the 2019 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the sixth year in a row. High honors went to two of NAM’s well-regarded neutrals: Richard Byrne, Esq. earned the distinction of being a Top 3 Mediator in the country for the fifth straight year, and Hon. John P. DiBlasi was also recognized as a Top 3 Mediator in the nation for the sixth straight year (ranked #1, 4 years in a row). NAM was also ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider and #1 Online CLE Provider in the United States in the survey. Voting was conducted online, with more than 500 companies participating.
“NAM is honored to once again be recognized as one of the premier ADR companies in the country,” said Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM. “I am also very proud that The National Law Journal has recognized the accomplishments of Judge DiBlasi and Richard Byrne. Both men have been consistently acknowledged for their outstanding contributions in the field of alternative dispute resolution and have set the standard for what it means to be a neutral. Thank you to all who voted and made this recognition possible.”
NAM’S AWARD-WINNING NEUTRALS
Richard Byrne, Esq. has successfully mediated issues in a wide variety of specialty areas, including commercial, employment discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, construction, complex personal injury and property damage claims, insurance and reinsurance, risk transfer and catastrophic property damage disputes. In addition to being named a top mediator in the country, he was voted a Top 3 Mediator by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, and was ranked a Top 10 Mediator by the 2018 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey for the past five years. Additionally, in 2018, for the third year in a row, Mr. Byrne was named a National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. He has been awarded an A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, based on its peer review process. Mr. Byrne also has been recognized by his peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer on numerous occasions.
Judge DiBlasi, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Commercial Division, has mediated over 3,000 cases. He is experienced in resolving cases across a wide array of legal practice areas, including commercial, class action, construction, employment disputes, environmental, finance, insurance, international, land use and professional liability, among others. In addition to being named a top mediator in the nation, he has been ranked a Top 10 Mediator by the New York Law Journal Annual Survey for nine consecutive years. In 2018, for the third year in a row he was named an Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion by the National Law Journal, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubble in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation – a distinction given only to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability.
A RECOGNIZED LEADER IN ADR
In addition to being chosen the #1 alternative dispute resolution provider in the United States for four of the last six years, NAM was ranked the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. The company was also ranked the #1 ADR firm by the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the last eight years with 7 of its mediators and 6 of its arbitrators ranked in the top 10. Further, Mr. Israel and 7 of NAM’s neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions. In 2018, NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Law Journal Annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Best of Connecticut Law Tribune and Texas Lawyer surveys.
Richard P. Byrne, Esq.
Commercial, Construction, Employment, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Catastrophic Property Damage
Hon. John P. DiBlasi
Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Commercial Division
Commercial, Class Action, Construction, Employment, Environmental, Finance, Insurance, International, Land Use, Professional Liability
Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the sixth year in a row, NAM was named a Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2019 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Further, seven of NAM’s neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past eight years and was voted the #1 Online ADR Resource by this year’s survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large. In 2018, NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Law Journal Annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Best of Connecticut Law Tribune and Texas Lawyer surveys.
NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with deep experience in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.
NAM was ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider in the nation by the 2019 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey. The company offers complimentary continuing legal education programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.
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